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Why do We Propose with Diamonds?

Proposing to a potential bride with a Diamond ring is a tradition long thought to be started by a 1930’s advertising campaign, however the tradition dates back much further. It is believed to have started centuries ago, when men used to attach rings on strings attached to keys to indicate a woman was his property.  Thankfully, that tradition has ended, but the tradition of presenting a partner with a Diamond lives on. The advent of the Diamond ring is believed to have begun in 1477 when Archduke Maximillian of Austria presented a Diamond to Mary of Burgundy.  Soon, a trend...
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What is the XXX Diamond Rating?

  If you are in the market for Diamonds, you may have heard the term “triple-x rating” when referring to a Diamond, but you may not understand what this rating means.  Triple-x is the shortened version of “triple excellent,” or in other words, a Diamond which is considered excellent in cut, symmetry and polish. It is important to note that even if a Diamond has earned a XXX rating, there is more to consider than just that triple-excellence rating.  To truly invest in the best Diamond for your money, you must take all “4C’s” into consideration when selecting a Diamond...
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How Did The Tennis Bracelet Get Its Name?

            The Diamond tennis bracelet is probably one of – if not the- most famous types of bracelets. But do you know the fascinating history behind these beautiful wrist adornments?  Here’s a brief look into the story behind how the tennis bracelet became the tennis bracelet. It all started in 1987, during the US Tennis Championships. Tennis superstar Chris Evert was playing a match and called for a time out when her diamond bracelet fell off her wrist and onto the court. Evert requested time to locate the bracelet, which fell off because it did...
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Colored Diamonds to Soar in 2019

According to a recent report by Barron’s, colored Diamonds will be sound investments in 2019.  Colored diamonds, or ‘fancy’ diamonds as they are sometimes known, are naturally-occurring colored stones which have been found in an array of unique colors, such as blues, yellows, greens and pinks. These rare gems have recently made headlines thanks to record-sales at some very high-profile auction houses such as Christie’s and Sotheby’s. According to the article, pink diamonds especially are expected to increase in value and demand as the world’s foremost pink diamond mine, the Argyle Diamond Mine in Australia will be closing by 2020. ...
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Deconstructing the 4 C’s of Diamond Grading: Carat Weight

  When most people think of buying Diamonds, carat weight is what they think of first. In fact, many people think the higher the carat weight, the better. Unfortunately this isn’t always true, as very flawed and off-color stones can have a high carat weight and cost far less than a nearly flawless stone with a lower carat weight. Carat weight got its name from the carob seed, which used to be used as a guide to tell how big a Diamond was. Today, we don’t use carob seeds to measure carat weight anymore, but we still use the term...
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Deconstructing the 4 C’s of Diamond Grading: Cut

When it comes to the 4C’s of Diamond cutting, the cut of a Diamond is arguably the most important “C” affecting the look of a Diamond. The cut of a Diamond has seven main components: Brightness: the light reflected from the Diamond Fire: light dispersion Scintillation: pattern of light Weight ratio Durability Polish Symmetry: symmetry of Diamond     These are determined by how well the Diamond is cut- NOT- by the shape it is cut to, as many people believe. A well cut stone can affect the value of a Diamond dramatically, no matter the carat weight, color or...
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Deconstructing the 4 C’s of Diamond Grading: Clarity

Another characteristic to consider when investing in a Diamond is Diamond clarity. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) defines Diamond clarity as the absence of any internal or external flaws in or on the Diamond. While there is really no such thing as completely flawless Diamond, some have more flaws than others- and some have more visible flaws than others.  To determine how flawed a Diamond is, GIA developed the clarity scale, which is comprised of 11 grades. They are:   Flawless (FL) – No visible inclusions at 10-times magnification Internally Flawless (IF) – Flaws only visible at 10-times magnification Very, Very...
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Replacement Ring Makes National News

  A couple in Illinois recently made headlines when after 67 years of marriage the husband gifted his wife a new ring. But this wasn’t just any ring, it was a replacement Diamond engagement ring that the husband gifted his wife as a replacement for her original Diamond ring which went missing from her room in the couple’s nursing home. The beautiful gesture proves that Diamonds are a timeless gift for any occasion – whether it be birthdays, anniversaries or even Valentine’s Day. It also serves as a reminder that just because it may not be your original diamond ring,...
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How to Keep Your Custom Engagement Ring a Surprise

You want to pull off the perfect proposal- but hiding it from your savvy, soon-to-be fiancée can be challenging, especially when it comes to the Diamond engagement ring.  You want it to be a surprise, but you want to design a Diamond ring she’ll love, too. So, how do you get her input on what she likes and dislikes without giving away the surprise? Here are some tips for keeping what may be the biggest secret of your life. Does your significant other have a best friend or close relative that knows her preferences but won’t ruin the surprise? Let...
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Top Reasons to Design Your Own Diamond Jewelry

Walk into any jewelry store in America and you’ll likely find at least one shiny bauble that catches your eye. But despite the beauty of many of these pieces, they all lack some elements that custom jewelry can offer. So, what’s the big deal about custom jewelry- and why is it better than what you can get pre-made in stores? It’s as unique as you are When investing in something as precious and valuable as Diamond jewelry, you don’t want to look like everyone else. Jewelry conveys your own unique style in ways clothing and other accessories simply can’t.  Having...
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This Bavarian Town is Literally Built with Diamonds

You might say that Nördlingen, Bavaria is a dazzling place to live- but not just because the picturesque city looks like something right out of a painting. It’s because Nördlingen was literally built with Diamonds- more specifically a material called suevite, which was deposited by an asteroid millions of years ago. Suevite is a composite of Diamonds, glass and crystals, which the early settlers of Nördlingen used to build their homes. As a result, today it is estimated that the city of Nördlingen is built with 72,000 tons of Diamonds. Yes, that’s right. Seventy-two-thousand tons of diamonds! But before you...
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Deconstructing the 4 C’s of Diamond Grading: Color

By now you may have heard of the “4 C’s” of Diamond grading- carat, color, cut and clarity. But what do they mean? Today let’s discuss color, and how it affects the cost of a diamond. Diamond color grades are determined by the GIA scale. The colors on the GIA scale rank from D to Z. A D color Diamond is nearly colorless, and among the most desirable and expensive. These Diamonds, along with E and F are considered the best. Next, G-J are considered nearly colorless and also highly desirable, but cost a bit less than colorless diamonds. When...
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Rare Yellow Diamond Found in Canada

The largest Diamond ever found in North America was recently discovered in the Diavik Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories, Canada.  The yellow Diamond weighed in at 552 carats, stealing the crown from Canada’s previous largest diamond, which was 187.7 carats and also found in a Diavik mine. The Diavik Diamond is said to be about the size of a chicken egg, and is the 7th largest Diamond to be found worldwide so far this century. The Diamond’s value is yet to be determined as its use, but it is slated to be polished and cut down soon. The rare...
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Sotheby’s Develops Line of Vintage Jewels with a Modern Twist

  The auction house Sotheby’s has paired with jewelry designer Elaine Fattal to create a collection of Diamond jewelry using re-purposed vintage settings and modern stones. The pieces feature jewel-encrusted flowers like daisies and peonies- all of which once were parts of other jewelry.  With the addition of some other precious gems, those pieces –which may not have originally been the center piece of their original pieces- become the  stars of the show. The jewelry was displayed in London until December 5, 2018 but, unfortunately, was not listed for auction. But don’t despair! If you were looking for a re-designed...
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Why Grade Your Diamond?

  Growing up, one of the most important things to our parents –at least academically speaking- was that we got good grades at school. In school, grades are a valuable measure of your progress and success in your studies. But school isn’t the only place grading is useful. It’s also useful when it comes to Diamonds. Diamond grading is the process of evaluating a Diamond and giving it a report card of sorts based on the “4 C’s” of Diamonds: cut, color, clarity and carat weight. Developed by Richard T. Liddicoat in 1953, the Gemological Institute of America developed the...
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These Five Diamond Facts are as cool as Ice

Everyone knows that Diamonds are beautiful, but they’re also really interesting, too! For example, you may have heard that Diamonds are the hardest material on earth, but did you know that the only thing that can scratch a Diamond is another Diamond? Here are some fascinating Diamond facts you may not know!   Diamonds are cut on a wheel called a Diamond scaife. The diamond scaife was invented in 1456 and they are still in use today. The scaife uses a combination of olive oil and diamond dust on a spinning wheel to wear down the sides of a Diamond...
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Top Engagement Ring Trends for 2019 – 2020

The Natural – Natural, uncut stones or Herkimer Diamonds are huge with Millennials right now. These rough stones have not been shaped or polished, and their cloudy, matte appearance are reminiscent of big chunks of white rock-candy. These diamonds are well-suited to the more free-spirited bride who likes things a little bit unstructured. Art Deco Inspired – Art deco inspired rings are making a comeback in a big way. There are many vintage styles available and to take inspiration from,but if you’re looking for something unique but still deco inspired, consider having a deco-style ring custom made by Diamond Factory...
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How Can You Increase the Value of Your Diamonds?

    Do you own Diamond jewelry or loose Diamonds that you’ve tried to sell but only get low-ball offers for? Have you given up trying to sell them out of frustration? Don’t you wish there was some way to increase the value of those Diamonds and get more money for them when you’re ready to sell? Believe it or not, you have options. There are ways to improve the value of your stones and get top dollar at resale. At Diamond Factory Dallas, we specialize in buying Diamonds. Not only do we offer some of the best prices in...
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Pink Diamond Sets World Record

  A rare pink Diamond just sold via auction at Christie’s Auction House for a whopping $50.4-million-dollars. The astounding price set a world record for both ‘auction prices per carat’ for pink Diamonds, as well as for being the most expensive pink Diamond ever sold at Christie’s. The 18.96 carat beauty was sold to the parent company of the esteemed Harry Winston jewelers, and has already earned the moniker “The Winston Pink Legacy.” The Pink Legacy joins other Winston-owned treasures such as the Winston Legacy Diamond, a 101-carat pear-shaped Diamond which the jewelry house purchased in 2013 for $26.3 million...
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Breathe New Life into Old Jewelry

This is it: you’re ready to ask the woman of your dreams to marry you. You promised Grandma you’d propose with her old Diamond ring- but unfortunately it’s not exactly your future bride’s style. What do you do? You could try giving it to her anyway, knowing she secretly isn’t as in love with it as she is with you. You could break your word to Grandma and buy a totally new ring that better suits your soon-to-be fiancé, or you could make everyone happy and re-purpose that Diamond into a custom ring that your bride will cherish forever. At...
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